Spotlight Interview with Chisa Pennix-Brown


Chisa Pennix-Brown has over 14 years of experience in business coaching, community outreach, and social media insight, Chisa Pennix-Brown has transformed savoir faire and a long-time vision of helping her peers, into Lady Bizness, an organization committed to fostering healthy relationships, business opportunities, and providing events for Entrepreneurs in North Carolina’s Piedmont Triad community. Since I’ve known Chisa I’ve thought of her as a master of all trades because she did so much. Now author has been added to her title with a book called “90 Day Focus” which is your action plan for success, a book that helps to transform your mindset towards prioritization and goal setting to help you complete your passion project. While starting this book two years ago Chisa had some struggle she had to overcome, which she had to change her mindset and get through the negativity in her life. While reading this book know that these same actions that will help you through success helped Chisa too.

I’ve had the pleasure to interview Chisa and talk about her success and her book. To find out what she had to say and get some tips on how you can be successful continue reading.

Q: What is your definition to success?

A: Success is what YOU make it. It can be something financial. For me the biggest thing is comfort. Are you comfortable? There are a lot of people who are rich but they are not comfortable. To me comfortable is better than making a lot of money. There is always going to be different levels of comfort but being comfortable with yourself and stop worrying about what everyone else has to say about you.

Q: Do you feel like you’ve reached success?

A: I’ve reached a certain level of success but there are other things that I want to do. Back to the book “90 Day Focus” the purpose of it is to continue to set goals for yourself so you’ll have something else to obtain. From 2014 when I started writing this book until now I’ve seen tremendous growth in myself and in relationships. I feel like there are certain levels of success I have reached but I still want more things.

Q: We are humans we all want more. In certain ways everyone wants to become successful do you feel that also it’s a combination of greed as well? How can you be successful and not greedy? How to stay humble?

A: My book will explain this but you have to give up something to get something. For example it’s a party I want to go to Friday night and I know I have to get up Saturday morning because I have a class to teach. If I go to that party I won’t be as effective as I need to be for the next day. I have to make grown up decision. This same concept can be used in relationships, saving money, and running a business. I don’t think is greedy but I do have a philosophy of being selfish but I have to do the best for myself so I can be successful. You have to look and evaluate on what you need versus what you want.

Chisa’s book came out in March of this year and she decided not to do a book tour because she felt like that was what everyone else was doing. “If I’m not a big celebrity so I can’t say I have a book and everyone is going to buy it. I knew people were going to buy this book of two reasons (1) they already knew me and (2) I had to give them reasons why they wanted my book. Before the book was out I had things set in motion like having workshops. I’m planning on having a book signing August 18th at the Greensboro Public Library from 6pm-8pm. I’ve done one in High Point, Charlotte, and Raleigh, NC”.


Q: Will there be a part two of this book?

A: Not a part two but I am planning on doing this as a series. I recognize there are different areas in life for this book. This is an action book to success so this book is for anyone. Other books will be about students getting ready to get out of high school, going to college, and entering the workforce. I’m thinking about the series going to seven but for now just this one the “90 Day Focus” at least until next year.

Q: Will a podcast be in your future so you’ll be able to reach people in different areas.

A: Right now I’m using Periscope for marketing with the “90 Day Focus” and Sound Cloud for inspirational messages. I also do the 90 Day Focus Conferences every year in January and smaller conferences later in the year. The conference is a great way to start your year. Before the end of the year I will be starting webinars. What’s great when you attend my conferences and workshops the book will be included.

Q: Can someone finish the book and reach success by 90 days or can it take them longer or complete it faster?

A: This book is also a workbook. It’s about how much time it takes you to get things in order and are you going to do everything that’s inside the workbook. You could finish the book in 90 days but also from the book you might realize there are somethings you have to contemplate. If it takes you longer then it takes you longer but I have a belief in what ever goals you have you can complete at least one in 90 days. That’s what happen to me. Once you get it going you’ll have a system you can replicate and keep it going.

I hope you enjoyed reading this interview with Chisa. To stay in touch with Chisa and to purchase her book. Check at all the links below to stay connected. Let me know if you enjoyed reading about Chisa and her book by like this post. Feel free to share it as well.





 Sincerely, Courtney Renee

Spotlight Interview: Danielle Teah

Danielle Teah is conquering the fashion industry with her Liberian style. She came from having very little experience to creating her own fashion line in just four years at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Her family is a big influence in her fashion career especially her mom and grandmother. Her grandmother grew up in Liberia and didn’t have the same opportunities as Danielle did growing up in America and her mom push her when she didn’t  feel like going anymore. With that push and drive Danielle is where she is today. While learning her craft she not only wanted to make timeless pieces with an African twist she wanted to make outfits to fit her body and for women that isn’t the “Forever 21” body type. It’s hard sometimes for curvy women to find clothes.

From not being able to sew to creating garments for both men and women, Danielle is truly a designer we all should keep a look out for. If you put your mind to it, you can create something great. I had the pleasure to interview Danielle. Continue reading so you’ll get to know more about her and her future in fashion. 



Q: What or who inspired you to go into fashion design? 

A: I’ve always loved fashion. When I was little I would watch America’s Next Top Model. I’ve always loved African fashion because I would always see it at weddings or any event that people wore African clothing. That’s what made me different from everyone else because I had a different culture to fall back on than anyone else. I started doing the traditional look until I started making my own clothes.

Q: When did you decide to pursue fashion?

A: I didn’t know I wanted to pursue fashion until I graduated high school in 2012. I would always go to the thrift store in high school and in my junior year of  I went to a thrift store and saw a really cute cheetah skirt but it was a 2x and I thought it’ll be cute as a pair of shorts. So I cute it up and hand sewed it. That was my first time I’ve sewed anything. 

Q:What can you bring to the fashion industry? What makes you unique? 

A: I can bring just a real, unique, and normal black queen that appreciate her culture and where she comes from. I never want to stray away from that. I love African fashion and putting a modern twist on it. I want to reach out more to plus size. As a black woman people didn’t make clothes for my body type. 

Q: Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years? 

A: Creating clothes for celebrities. I want my main source of income to come from designing clothes. If BET does another “Rip the Runway” I’ll definitely want to be a part of that. 

Q: Business wise do you see yourself as just a one woman show or are you planning on making an empire?

A: Currently I’m looking into working with other people. People have reached out to work under me but it feels a little weird because I don’t know if I’m there enough for someone start learning from me yet. I don’t want to teach them the wrong thing since I’m still learning too. I am interested to have someone work for me one day because my clothing line is a little heavy at times. I sometimes had to reach out to alteration shops to do one thing while I work on something else so I’ll be able to get out my clothes in a timely manner. 

Q: What advice would you give to future designers reading this right now?

A: Never give up on themselves. I didn’t know how to sew on a sewing machine until I got to UNCG. I wanted to change my major, I hated it. I would cry all the time because I would get bad grades in my sewing classes. The more I committed to it, the easier things became for me. Don’t give up on yourself and always work hard. Don’t listen to people that say “What are you going to do with a fashion degree?” Just let them know “When do you walk out the door naked? Never okay so I’m always going to be important.” 

Q: Any fashion shows in the near future?

A: I’m a cofounder for African Fashion Week in Charlotte, NC. I’m partnering with some friends of mine has a non-profit organization called Education for Liberia. Proceeds from my fashion show will go towards that foundation. My show is going to be on August 6th, 2016 and there are going to be other events throughout the week. 

I hope you enjoyed reading about Danielle Teah and her future in fashion. To stay connected with her make sure to follow her on all her social media which I have listed down below. If you love her style and could see yourself or someone you know wearing her design send her an email because she’ll love to work with you. 

Instagram: here

Tumblr: here

Website: here


Spotlight Interview: Truth. Life. Revolution Clothing


Recently I had a chance to do an interview with a street wear clothing company called Truth. Life. Revolution or TLR for short. TLR headquarters is in Winston Salem, North Carolina. This clothing company is giving Winston Salem a taste of something new and showing people fashion can come from anywhere, not just in New York, Paris, and Milan. The members of TLR are innovative, creative, and striving to create a revolution of street fashion. On April 18th, 2015 TLR will be hosting their first fashion show with another clothing company Dupp & Swat in Winston Salem, North Carolina called #MadeInWinston. Below are the few questions I asked to get a better understanding of who TLR really is! Hope you all enjoy! 

Q. What made you all decide to start a clothing line? 

A. It all started back in 2008 we came together on the campus of University of North Carolina at Charlotte. We wanted something to call their own. We spent so much money on buying other people’s clothes why don’t we make our own. 

Q. Since TLR is a clothing line do any of you have a fashion background? 

A. No, none of us have a fashion degree but I (Deante) have taken a couple sewing classes.

Q. Who inspires you?  

A. The media but mostly we inspire each other! We are all so different and we each bring something different to the table. 

Q. How did you all come up with the name Truth. Life. Revolution.?  

A. One day we were all chilling in the dorm on campus throwing out some names and someone said Truth, life, and revolution and we just all agreed. We share the same message and we want to spread the word of we are who we are.

Q. What should the audience expect at the #MadeInWinston fashion show? 

A. Something fresh and new for the city of Winston Salem. We are giving people a something different.  

Q. My last question is what are your plans on expanding your brand out of Winston Salem? 

A. Right now we are working from the inside out. Our plan is to get a representative from state to state that is willing to spread our message. Our focus is to start small and build from there. 

I see great things coming from TLR. They came together as friends in college and moved forward to create a company together. They are staying true to who they are while evolving to better themselves and wanting to create a movement not only for themselves but others as well. The name Truth. Life. Revolution fits them well. 

I hope you enjoyed reading about Truth. Life. Revolution. Keep an eye out for them and follow them on social media. 

Instagram and Twitter: TLR4ever

Facebook: Truth Life Revolution


If you are in Winston Salem, North Carolina or the surrounding area you have to check out their fashion show on April 18th, 2015. You do not want to miss this event. Tickets are only $10!!!! Hope to see you there. 

Click on the link below to purchase your tickets.

#MadeInWinston Fashion Show


Sincerely, Courtney Renee

Let Me Style You

Are you trying to update your wardrobe but don’t know where to start? Let me help you. My profession is a Men’s Specialist and I’ve met tons of guys that had no clue how to pick a perfect outfit for their body type. As a woman with a degree in fashion I have an eye to help both MEN and WOMEN off all ages. The men that are reading this I don’t want you to get discourage and think “I don’t know if I want a woman helping me?” Let me tell you I can. The women reading this night think “Another wannabe fashion stylist.” Trust be I’m not a wannabe I KNOW what I’m talking about because I have actual experience and a degree in what I do. I’m not going to limit what I can do for you. I want to help you both professionally and personally. Beauty comes from the inside not just the outside. I have ways to reach your inner beauty as well. Let me help you!

Contact me and I will show you my talents. My plan is help the FIRST 5 people FREE of charge. In the next post I’m going to give you a preview of what I will do for you.

Keep reading my blog you won’t be disappointed.

Spotlight Interview: Aminah Lawson

This weekend I had a great opportunity to attend a salon opening called Crie Natural which is a local business in Greensboro, NC. There I met and interviewed the owner and creator of the salon. I wanted to take the time to know the owner and find out what inspired her to become a business owner and who is inspired by her.

Name: Aminah Lawson

Occupation: Licensed Cosmetologist, Natural Hair Stylist, and a Product Manufacture in Greensboro, NC

Q1: A lot of people think that hair makes the person, and since you decided to cut of all your hair how do you feel about that comment?

Answer: How you would wear your hair is a reflection on how you feel about yourself. I cut my hair because i feel comfortable not having hair. To me how a person chooses to wear their hair long, straight, curly, short is a reflection on who they are as an individual.

Q2: Who inspires you in natural hair or as an individual in a daily life?

Answer: Definitely my mother, she’s an entrepreneur. She has never worked for anyone else. She inspired me to work for myself. When it comes to me being a stylist I have so many people I am inspired by in the beauty industry. My aunt is a hairstylist and my hairstylist when I was a child. They were the ones that inspired me to want to be in the beauty industry.

Q3: Are there a few people that are currently looking up to you right now?

Answer: My assistant. She actually will be starting cosmetology school soon and I have been doing her hair since she was about 11 years old. I think I have inspired her to want to be in the beauty industry.

Q4: Where do you see yourself 5 years from now?

Answer: By the grace of God having more than one salon Crie around the country.

If you are interested in her services or products she is located

Crie Natural

Downtown Greensboro

351 Martin Luther King Dr

Greensboro, NC 27406

Phone: 336- 232-8391



I hope you enjoyed reading my Spotlight Interview. You might be my next spotlight!


Sincerely, Courtney Renee